Rabbits are a popular choice for many families, with an estimated 900,000 rabbits kept as pets in the UK. And it's no surprise, as rabbits are highly intelligent, inquisitive animals. Owning rabbits can be extremely rewarding.
Rabbits come in a variety of breeds, shapes and sizes, and each bunny has their own unique personality. They typically live for 8 to 12 years, but some may live for longer. Take a look at our rabbit care advice to find out how to keep your bunnies happy and healthy.
Caring for rabbits
Pet rabbits are related to the wild European rabbit, and the biology and behaviour of pet rabbits is very similar to that of their wild cousins.
Here are some more top facts about rabbits:
- Rabbits are highly social - they're territorial animals and form complicated social structures.
- Rabbits have an unusual digestive system - food is passed through their gut and special droppings, called caecotrophs, are produced. Rabbits eat these caecotrophs, allowing the food to be re-ingested. Ensure your rabbit's digestive system is kept in tip-top condition by feeding them a healthy diet.
- Rabbits have continuously growing teeth - a rabbit's top front teeth grow at a rate of 3mm a week! Keep your rabbit healthy by following our health and welfare advice.
- Rabbits are intelligent - pet rabbits can be taught to respond to commands using positive reward-based training. Discover more about the behaviour of rabbits.
Find out more and adopt a rabbit from the RSPCA
We have hundreds of rabbits in our care who are all looking for loving new homes. Start your search for a rabbit today, and download our guide to how to look after your rabbit to learn more about keeping your new bunny healthy and happy.